National Meals on Wheels has 15,000 reasons to celebrate

ONE of Queensland's largest volunteer organisations, Meals on Wheels, is celebrating more than 140 services and 15,000 volunteers across the state as part of National Meals on Wheels Day on the 31st of August.  

Meals on Wheels volunteers around Queensland provide support to 40,000 Queenslanders through conversation, consideration and care with some services operating for more than 60 years.  

Meals on Wheels Queensland State Manager, David Bannister, has congratulated the 140+ services and 15,000 volunteers for providing valuable service that makes such a massive difference to the lives of many Australians.  

"Many people underestimate the value of a nourishing meal and regular social contact.

Our volunteers are providing so much more than just a meal delivery service, they are creating lifelong friendships and improving the physical and emotional wellbeing of our clients," Mr Bannister said.  

"We are very excited to celebrate this important milestone for Meals on Wheels services around Queensland, while ensuring we recognise the hard work and dedication that our volunteers put in every day to give back to people in need.  

"Meals on Wheels is completely run by the community, for the community, and I am really hoping that the people of Queensland will support our amazing volunteers for their contribution within their local area."  

Meals on Wheels services throughout Queensland currently deliver around 2 million meals a year to people in need in cities, regional and rural areas.  

The service relies on community volunteers to provide those needing support with low-cost nutritionally balanced meals as well as regular social contact and a friendly check to see all is well.  

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